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Chris Matthews Tip And The Gipper

October 11, 201411 min
In an age when government is mired in partisan gridlock, and intransigent politicians refuse to consider compromise, the relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill in the 1980s is often cited as a model of a more effective partisanship. As MSNBC host Chris Matthews shows in TIP AND THE GIPPER: When Politics Worked (October 7, 2014/$17.00 trade paperback), these two men, the liberal and the conservative, proved that convictions are a strength not a burden in moving the government forward. TIP AND THE GIPPER is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. Matthews was an eyewitness to this story as a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men debated the big issues, but also forged compromises that shaped America’s future and became one of history’s most celebr

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